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“Fantasy Island” is coming back to TV.
Fox has given the drama a straight to series order for a contemporary reboot, slated to premiere in summer 2021. It will be helmed by Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (“The 100,” “The Shield”) as a semi-anthology format.
The original “Fantasy Island” show aired on ABC from 1977 to 1984. Starring Ricardo Montalbán as the enigmatic and debonair Mr. Roarke and French dwarf Hervé Villechaize as his assistant Tattoo, the show followed guests from all walks of life as they came to a mysterious tropical island to live out their fantasies — for a price.
It’s since seen a revival series in 1998 starring Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke and a 2020 horror film with Michael Peña in that role.
HBO also explored Villechaize’s real-life persona and troubled last days outside of the show in its 2018 biopic “My Dinner with Hervé,” starring Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) as Villechaize.
In a press release announcing the series, Fox’s president of entertainment Michael Thorn said, “FANTASY ISLAND is a beloved program, and the world Liz and Sarah have created for this contemporary adaptation is signature FOX and a perfect show for today’s times. After all, who among us wouldn’t take a (safe) trip to Fantasy Island right now?”
“Fantasy Island” has not been given an exact premiere date yet.
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